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Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 25th 2012

Gweta 22 and 23 August, Okovango Delta & Maun 24 - 26 August We arrived in Gweta in the afternoon after driving over good roads. Even the roads are improving!! Gweta is a small village in Botswana. It lies about 205 kilometres away from Maun and about 100 kilometres from Nata. Generally considered the gateway to the Makgadikgadi Pans Gweta derived its name from the sound of croaking bullfrogs which bury themselves in the sand until the rainy season arrives and they emerge to mate. The huge expanse of the Makgadikgadi Pans is bigger than Switzerland. Once a large river-fed lake, the Makgadikgadi Pans now lie saline and empty. The pans are littered with stone tools and artefacts dated from between 2,000 to 500,000 years old! During the wet season 35-75,000 zebra and wildebeest migrate into ... read more
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4 Elephants at Moremi Game Park

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 17th 2012

Debbie and I were originally booked on a camping safari through Botswana. I'm sure it would have been enjoyable, but when it was cancelled we transferred to an accommodated tour. And have been living it up in luxury since! Everywhere we've stayed has been at least three star, mostly four. And most of the safari lodges we've stayed in have had beautiful architecture with soaring timber and thatched ceilings in the common areas and very comfortable individual bungalows or, in one case, permanent tents. And beautiful buffet food laid on ... as Debbie said several times 'to heck with camping'!? Our favourite place by far was a georgeous remote accommodation called Moremi Crossing in the heart of the Okavango Delta in Botswana. We had to fly in and out on light aircraft, and got met by ... read more
Namushasha Lodge, Namibia
Open Air Treehouse, Ngepi Camp
Evidence of elephants right outside our 'tent

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 5th 2012

We had decided to stay another nite at Drotsky's so we booked the boat for the second day, to continue on our fishing "success". Our guide was exceptionally good. Adrian lost one on the first cast. But Alex lost 4 that morning. I got my second tiger fish , but many more were lost that morning. We went back to camp at about lunch time to have food. We swam some more and then relaxed at the bar before the fishing started. The afternoon we lost a few more fish, but that didn't really matter the sunset was something very different. At about 5pm the sun disappeared behind some clouds. And until 6:30pm it was just an orange ball, the humidity was there but the heat wasn't which made it a pleasant afternoon for the fishing. ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta September 3rd 2012

Had a casual breakfast some cereal and yoghurt. Quickly packed up and drove for the border. The border crossing was simple and quick and we were back in botswana. A short drive from the border is Drotskys. It is a nice stop, lovely lodges, a proper pool. The day was short we messed around at the camp for a bit then headed to the pool for a swim as it was 37 degrees Celsius. A stinking hot day. The pool was flippen freezing until you were in for a while then it got better but it was lekker refreshing. And by the looks of it there will be curry for supper. Adrian's quote for the day: human insanity goes a long way.Dylan... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta August 31st 2012

Today we were heading into the Okavango Delta. We were up quite early today to pack all of our stuff onto boats. I mean everything: tents, cooking supplies, EVERYTHING! We had about a one hour power boat ride to the Mokoro station. A mokoro is a dugout canoe. Some were actually made of fibreglass though. Erica and I ended up as Mokoro buddies which was nice, as it meant the 3 odd hour Mokoro ride wouldn't be boring. It was such a peaeful boat trip that both of us (as well as many others) fell asleep. The only distraction was the beautiful surrounds, and the wet reeds slapping you in the face as you floated through the Delta. It was amazing. Once we arrived we set up our camp and had a quick bite to eat. ... read more
Elephant footprint

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta July 14th 2012

Getting from Livingstone to Maun, Botswana was quite an epic trip. It began with me going to the local shared taxi stand with, Reto a guy from Switzerland I had met. We found a taxi going to Kazangula, the border town with Botswana, but had to wait about an hour for it to fill. To pass the time I played some draughts with some bottletops with a few locals. At the border, getting stamped out of Zambia was straightforward. But to get over to the Botswana side we had to take a short ferry ride, then walk up 500m to the immigrationo office. After getting stamped into Botswana, my next challenge was to try get a lift to Maun. Public transport in Botswana is scarce at best. This meant hitchhiking was my best/only option. I had ... read more
Elephant in Delta
View from Old Bridge
Spotted by Zebra

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta May 11th 2012

Prior to beginning this blog I have a couple of corrections from previous blogs and status updates: My apologies, it is the buffalo which is found in Africa, the water buffalo is in Asia. Sorry Worthingtons!As previously updated we camped by the banks of the Ovkavango river. I feel I should confess that we didn’t actually camp that night. In Etosha I was beginning to get sick and grumpy so we made the tough decision to upgrade to a lodge room for $25 for a good shower and good nights sleep required to maintain our sanity -- this may not have been the last time we took the comfy option either, more on that later! I would also ... read more
Pool of water lillies
Our Camp site
Botswana national animal

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta March 19th 2012

In the largest inland delta in the world, the Okavango Delta was the last place we would think to be seeing more bushfires than wildlife. The islands that surrounded our camp were burning for the duration of our stay and it was only a 15 meter channel that spared our island from the same fate. The animals were escaping from the delta sunburned bushes which were coughing by fire with the wind speed and maybe why we were lucky seeing more wildlife than it is normally possible in the off-season. Well the Okavango Delta was still incredible (especially in the sunset) and worth to visit but unbelievably hot (in the day time above 40-45 degrees in the sun). We didn’t expect to have a possibility to swim in the delta as it is home for many ... read more
Morning dew
Spiders in the delta
View from the camp

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 31st 2011

In Botswana erstreckt sich die Landschaft schier endlos zu allen Seiten. Hügel oder gar Berge sieht man so gut wie nicht. Buschland so weit das Auge reicht, Straßen die kilometerlang geradeaus führen und alle paar Stunden mal eine kleine Stadt. Manch einer würde sagen, wie langweilig das sein muss. Aber ich kann das nicht behaupten. An den Straßenrändern steht Vieh, wie Ziegen, Esel, Kühe und Pferde. Ab und zu laufen Menschen über die Straße oder ein Buschtaxi, bestehend aus einer Karre die von Eseln gezogen wird, karrt kreuz und quer vor einem her. Es gibt viel zu sehen. Man muss nur aufmerksam schauen. Die Reise führt direkt in das Okavango-Delta. Auf dem Weg dorthin werden die Straßen immer schlechter: Aus einer Dreckstraße wird eine Dreckstraße mit großen Löchern und daraus wird dann eine Dreckstraße mit großen ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta December 18th 2011

We are adding an entry for the Okavango Delta because of all of the great photos that Chuck was able to take there. The guides referred to his huge telephoto lens as the "bazooka lens" and it lived up to its name with some great shots. Please make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page to access all of the photos! It will say "there are more photos at the bottom of this page" but it's not very obvious and you have to go past the ads. I am also annoyed to notice that some of the captions got mixed up. The joys of blogging....... read more
Crazy ears!
Two female wild dogs playing
Beautiful huge male lion

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